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OFFICIAL: McCray re-signs


The Jaguars' special teams focus continued Monday.

After signing three unrestricted free agents with an eye on improving special teams last week, the Jaguars on Monday re-signed a player critical to the same area.

Lerentee McCray, an outside linebacker who signed with the Jaguars as an unrestricted free agent last offseason, on Monday re-signed with the organization. The team announced the move Monday afternoon.

"It's an overwhelming feeling," McCray said. "Since I've been in the NFL, I've been waiting to find a home. I'm excited to be back here, and finish the unfinished business that we left back here last year."

McCray played 55.1 percent of the Jaguars' special-teams snaps last season, third on the team behind tight end James O'Shaughnessy and safety Peyton Thompson. O'Shaughnessy remains on the roster; Thompson became an unrestricted free agent last Wednesday.

McCray (6-feet-3, 249 pounds) played 13 games last season and was third on the Jaguars with six solo special teams tackles and three assists.

McCray, who played collegiately at the University of Florida, originally signed as a rookie free agent with the Denver Broncos following the 2013 NFL Draft. He played three seasons with the Broncos and spent 2016 with Buffalo.

The Jaguars last week signed three players who are expected to play major special teams roles: former Los Angeles Rams safety Cody Davis, former Washington Redskins tight end Niles Paul and former Detroit Lions safety Don Carey III. Jaguars General Manager David Caldwell called Davis "a top special teams player" in the NFL and Paul was the Redskins' special teams captain the past two seasons.

"Special teams were a big focal point where we wanted to improve from years past," McCray said. "For us to see where we stood last year with the guys who were here, then improve it … I know one of Coach [Jaguars Executive Vice President of Football Operations Tom] Coughlin's things is to improve the team in every place we need."

McCray became the second Jaguars unrestricted free agent to re-sign with the team. They also re-signed wide receiver Marqise Lee last week.

"We're committed to winning," McCray said. "The excellence since Coach Coughlin came in the door has been understood throughout the whole building. We went from three wins to 10 wins, so we're committed to excellence in every way. The commitment is definitely there all around."

The following Jaguars UFAs signed elsewhere: wide receiver Allen Robinson (Chicago), cornerback Aaron Colvin (Houston), quarterback Chad Henne (Kansas City), guard Patrick Omameh (New York Giants).

UFA middle linebacker Paul Posluszny announced his retirement last week.

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